From Earth Science On-Site
Knowle Quarry, Shropshire
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Site 1: Building Stones of Much Wenlock
From junction 6 on the M54 turn south along the A5223 to the junction with the A4169. Turn right and follow the road downhill into the Severn valley. Before reaching Buildwas take the left turn towards Much Wenlock, still following the A4169 into Much Wenlock.
Using worksheet 2 groups could be asked to observe and record the geological building materials in use in the town, as they walk past. If there are large numbers of people on the streets it will be advisable to subdivide a large group, and supervise them closely when crossing roads.
The bridge abutment at the junction of Station Road and Sheinton Street is an opportunity to see large blocks of limestone in use, as well as highlighting the building of the rail link which allowed exploitation of the southern Wenlock Edge limestone quarries (including Knowle Quarry) from the 1860s onwards. A range of other building stones is on view, including local Wenlock Limestone.
Close inspection of the limestone wall at the north end of King Street, exposed to weathering for many years, reveals an excellent range of Silurian fossils, much more clearly than will be seen in the quarries. There is no footpath here and groups will need to be aware of traffic. Remind groups to be considerate of the people who live and work in the town, and of course, not to remove or damage any parts of the walls, or cars parked close by them.